Developing Leadership in Changing Times is the theme for this year's Western National Leadership Training. This leadership training will include leading in changing times, rural ministry leadership, leading change from the public venue, leading in times of loss or transition, reaching out to diverse populations, and more.
Some of the highlights include:
- M. Rex Miller, author and featured plenary speaker
The author of The Millennium Matrix, Rex is also a theologian, futurist, communications expert, and blogger. He is the winner of the CoreNet Global Innovator of the Year Award and regularly leads groups and organizations through an innovative process called Mindshift. In his book, The Millennium Matrix, Rex explores the major paradigm and worldview shifts over the past two thousand years and provides practical suggestions on how Christians can successfully navigate the rapid cultural changes that are occurring and that will continue to occur over the decades to come. A full bio can be found at http://rexmiller.net/bio/.
- Cynthia Bolbach, Moderator of the 219th General Assembly & Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
Cindy and Gradye will further stimulate our thoughts by offering suggestions springing from Rex Miller’s provocative plenary sessions. They’ll address particular ways the PC(USA) can positively respond to such massive change. Gradye has also been asked to present his popular course on "Dangerous Elders."
Commission Ruling Elder Track
A CRE track is being offered in polity, led by Bill Ailes, retired Executive Presbyter from Inland Northwest Presbytery (Spokane) and instructor at Whitworth College. The course will offer at least 6 hours of contact time which meets the requirement of polity training for many of the presbyteries in the Synod of the Rocky Mountains and will apply toward the CRE work required by Whitworth College or Dubuque Seminary. Be prepared for work both in advance of the session and as a follow-up to fulfill this credit.
Also offered will be a spiritual direction workshop, a Dwelling in the Word Bible Study, great music, fellowship time, worship and communion together. The highly requested National Park geological tour will also be offered again this year. Please mark your calendars for October 3rd - 5th in Jackson. This stimulating, thought provoking leadership training event is not to be missed. More information will be coming to your churches and the Synod website soon at http://www.synodrm.org/.